These were the beans carried in the pockets of Cherokee Indians on their tragic forced relocation from North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma in 1838-1839. Shiny and jet-black the beans are harvested dry and can be happily incorporated in an
Bright creamy yellow blossoms with maroon blotches near the centers. The plants are compact with blue-green foliage. Peachy!
The name of this Italian heirloom translates as “horn of the bull” a tribute to the peppers’ full tapered shape. Ripening to a bright red the fruits-8-10″ long and 2 1/2-3′ wide at the top-have a sweet crisp full-bodied flavor.
Grown first in kitchen gardens young leaves buds and flowers were picked for salads. (Buds were also pickled like capers.) By the late 1800s breeders had developed many dwarf forms in a wide range of colors and they became popular
Zinnias add bold vibrant color to gardens. The more you cut the more they bloom! Heat-loving and very easy to grow. Candy Cane Mix has bright pink rose and cherry stripes on white and sometimes gold blossoms flecked orange-scarlet. This
HEIRLOOM. The standard bell pepper for many decades this 1928 introduction is still the largest open-pollinated heirloom bell you can grow. A perfect stuffing pepper-blocky 4″ x 3 1/2″ thick-walled tender and flavorful. Certified Organic Seed.
The famously hot and pungent pepper takes its name from a river in Guyana. We like to think the name derives from locals fleeing to the river for relief their mouths scorched by the incendiary pepper. Most often dried Cayenne
An abundance of 2-3″ double spurred flowers bloom in a harmony of color. Superb for bedding or containers.
Brandywine which dates back to 1885 is the heirloom tomato standard. One taste and you’ll be enchanted by its superb flavor and luscious shade of red-pink. The large beefsteak-shaped fruits grow on unusually upright potato-leaved plants. The fruits set one
This variety made yellow sweet corn popular. When Burpee introduced it in 1902 people only wanted white corn white signified refinement and quality. It was created by a skilled gardener in Greenfield Massachusetts who loved to have the earliest corn
If you haven’t tried celeriac wait no longer. This pale green edible root sporting a curly headdress of green leaves is a celery family member sharing celery’s clean bright flavor. This hardy root adds pizzazz to soups and salads and
HEIRLOOM. A color breakthrough! When we introduced this savory golden beet in the 1940s it won over gardeners who wanted a beet with a sweeter milder flavor. Others just loved the inviting gold color. Globes reach 2″ across.
Tendergreen has smooth leaves and makes a fine spinach substitute especially in the fall. Seeds germinate and grow quickly in late summer heat and mature to tender sweetness in cool weather. Thinnings are delicious as fresh snacks or in salads.
This pepper from the markets of Ecuador ripens to a pure lemon yellow in about 80 days but it is delightfully flavorful when green. The skin is tender and the aroma is spicy with a hint of pine woods. As
HEIRLOOM. While today’s impatiens a shade-loving hybrid of African species was virtually unknown in gardens until after World War II balsam which is native to Southeast Asia was a well-known favorite by 1900. Balsam grows well in both sun and
The legendary Jersey tomato introduced in 1934 is a cross between J.T.D. (an old New Jersey variety from the Campbell Soup Co.) and Marglobe. Its flavor both for slicing and cooking is still unequaled. Red fruits are slightly flattened. Tall
Rich golden yellow flowers 3 1/2″ across with large black centers are produced in profusion on long sturdy 3 ft. high stems. Blooms the first season after early sowing. Grow as an annual cut flower or integrate with mixed perennial
In Italy this regional favorite is eaten both in the tasty green stage and the super sweet fully mature red stage. Multi-talented the sweet pepper is delicious whether raw or fried grilled or stuffed. All season long the sturdy 30″
The fragile beauty and shimmering colors of poppies are magical. They practically grow themselves which is why they were essentials in remote cottage gardens. Large flowers scarlet to pink with deep purple centers. Flowers May-June.
HEIRLOOM. Early Bush Italian is a great Burpee exclusive variety that is easy to grow and quick to yield. The 16-18″ plants are erect so it’s easy to pick the 5 1/2″ long beans. The pods remain stringless and are